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    Typically when painting a mini's face, I use a flesh wash to help bring out the details. However, I am trying to paint a geisha mini and I realized a typical flesh wash probably wouldn't look right on a face that has been painted white.

    Does anyone have any experience with what looks best in this situation?

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    Milosh may have done up a Geisha or Kabuke figure. I would think a very light blue/gray or gray wash would work with white in place of a brown/flesh color.

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    or start off with a pale blue/grey base and build up your white, remember you can't get any brighter than white, so that will be your brightest highlights
    paint the whites of the eyes a slight off white/cream color to give them some depth
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    Quote Originally Posted by mickc22 View Post
    or start off with a pale blue/grey base and build up your white, remember you can't get any brighter than white, so that will be your brightest highlights
    paint the whites of the eyes a slight off white/cream color to give them some depth
    Whenever I try to paint faces on my minis with just layering the result seems to turn out poor compared to my wash results.

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    So, I played around with a gray-blue wash and the result looks kind of (un)dead. Going to see if doing some detail work like the eyes and a bit of blush helps with that.

    Maybe I should start over with a flesh color and wash, then do layers on top of that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LefferDP View Post
    Typically when painting a mini's face, I use a flesh wash to help bring out the details. However, I am trying to paint a geisha mini and I realized a typical flesh wash probably wouldn't look right on a face that has been painted white.

    Does anyone have any experience with what looks best in this situation?
    I had really good luck with the just GW Baal Red wash over white primer. You can see it here on the Space Nun's face:

    http://www.coolminiornot.com/334433

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    If at all possible try to avoid a wash, you just can't control them. It is better to start with what would be your wash color as your base. For a geisha use a base flesh color mixed with a tip of black for a muddy gray. Then start with white highlites. The geisha used makeup so the shadows are not super pronounced. Ofcourse the size of the figure will matter a lot. What figure are you painting? Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Milosh View Post
    If at all possible try to avoid a wash, you just can't control them. It is better to start with what would be your wash color as your base. For a geisha use a base flesh color mixed with a tip of black for a muddy gray. Then start with white highlites. The geisha used makeup so the shadows are not super pronounced. Ofcourse the size of the figure will matter a lot. What figure are you painting? Hope this helps.
    Mixing your own wash up will help considerably with control - especially if you use a acrylic medium with water to create the wash.

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